Thursday, June 23, 2016

Bargain Ebook: The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins for $3.99

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins is on sale for $3.99 in ebook format. This was just released a few months ago and was priced about double this previously for ebook.

From my earlier post upon its release:

I am really excited with this one--I haven't read it yet, don't even have a copy--but it retells a lesser known Grimm tale, The Singing Bone.

The Singing Bone falls into ATU 780 and has several variations. I haven't annotated this on SurLaLune although it has been on my consideration list for years. The tale has been retold by modern authors a few times in short fiction and poetry in the last three decades, but not often--if ever--in novel length.

You can see a list of folklore variations of ATU 780 on D. L. Ashliman's site at The Singing Bone, too.

The book will be part of a duology, The Eurona Duology, so there will be more to come, too from Higgins.

Book description:

Wendy Higgins, the author of the New York Times bestselling Sweet Evil series, reimagines a classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale with The Great Hunt, a dramatic, romance-filled fantasy with rugged hunters, romantic tension, and a princess willing to risk all to save her kingdom.

When a monstrous beast attacks in Eurona, desperate measures must be taken. The king sends a proclamation to the best and bravest hunters: whoever kills the creature will win the hand of his daughter Princess Aerity as a reward. The princess recognizes her duty but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger—she was meant to marry for love—until a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention. And while there’s no denying the fiery chemistry between them, Princess Aerity feels that Paxton’s mysteriousness is foreboding, maybe even dangerous.

Paxton is not the marrying type. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He is determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast—but the princess continues to surprise him, and the secrets he’s buried begin to surface against his wishes.

New Book: The Ugly Dumpling by Stephanie Campisi and Shahar Kober

The Ugly Dumpling by Stephanie Campisi (Author) and Shahar Kober (Illustrator) was released this past April. And, yes, it's a retelling of Andersen's The Ugly Duckling. With Dumplings.

Book description:

"A whimsical story about being different, and the power of love."—Wendy Orr, author of Nim's Island and The Princess and Her Panther

It’s not easy being the ugliest dumpling in a dim sum restaurant. Uneaten and ignored, the ugly dumpling is down in the dumps. But when an encouraging cockroach sees the dumpling’s inner beauty, this unlikely duo embarks on an eye-opening adventure, leading the ugly dumpling to discover its true identity and realize that being different is beautiful after all.

A modern fairytale retelling with a timeless moral: There’s a little ugly dumpling in all of us.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

New Book: Where's the Princess?: And Other Fairy Tale Searches by Chuck Whelon

Where's the Princess?: And Other Fairy Tale Searches by Chuck Whelon was released earlier this year. It's a fairy tale version of Where's Waldo. I've got images below of the illustrations.

Book description:

Wave your magic wands and cast a spell to help you locate the princess and much more in this enchanting “search and find” activity book for fairy tale fans of all ages!

Can you spot Cinderella and her glass slipper? How about Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf or Hansel and Gretel and the Hungry Witch? Do you see where Pinocchio and Geppetto are hiding? Can you find the Little Mermaid and the Sea King under the sea? Featuring characters, creatures, and objects from twelve of your favorite fairy tales, this magical “search and find” puts a fun and engaging new twist on your favorite classics.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Bargain Ebook: Snow White by Donald Barthelme

Snow White by Donald Barthelme is on sale for $3.99 in ebook format, down from its usual $10.99. I've owned it in paper for at least fifteen years and have never read it. Maybe now that I have it on my Kindle it will move us the list!

Book description:

An inventive, satiric modern retelling of the classic fairy tale provides an incisive and biting commentary on the absurdities and complexities of modern life.

In Snow White, Donald Barthelme subjects the traditional fairy tale to postmodern aesthetics. In the novel, the seven dwarves are men who live communally with Snow White and earn a living by washing buildings and making Chinese baby food. Snow White quotes Mao and the dwarves grapple with low self-esteem in this raucous retelling of the classic tale.

Friday, June 17, 2016

New Book: Story Emporium: Five Funky Fairy Tale Plays by Dean Calusdian

Story Emporium: Five Funky Fairy Tale Plays by Dean Calusdian was released in May.

Book description:

Welcome to The Story Emporium where your favorite fables are sold and told!
A collection of fairy tale plays filled with witty humor, word play and wacky characters.

In a thrilling tale of nature gone berserk, the PIED PIPER must save the town of Hamlin from an invasion of rats. But are the townspeople willing to pay the price?

Trapped in a tower with nothing but straw, a poor maiden must turn to the aid of the mysterious man known only as RUMPLESTILTSKIN. But she doesn't realize who she's dealing with.

The barnyard is on the brink of destruction and there is no time for baking bread. Only the LITTLE RED HEN can save the day when Farmageddon is at hand.

You'll experience the giant excitement of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK and be enthralled by Snow White, the classic tale of power, betrayal and deadly fruit.

Story Emporium is packed with irreverent humor that keeps older students and parents thoroughly entertained without losing the charm and warmth of the stories young children know and love.

Each individual tale has a cast size of 4-7 performers. The full length play can be performed with a cast as flexible as 8-48, making it a directors dream.

Story Emporium is ideal for educational theater programs, The individual plays are quick to memorize and rehearse, with each role created to give students equal opportunities.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

New Book: Rattlestiltskin by Eric A. Kimmel

Rattlestiltskin by Eric A. Kimmel (Author) and Erin Camarca (Illustrator) was released last month, the next in a series of retold fairy tales by Kimmel that include Jack and the Giant Barbecue and The Three Little Tamales.

Book description:

Rosalia is in debt to the strange little snake man Rattlestiltskin after he teaches her how to make tortillas so light they float in the air! Can she outsmart the trickster and keep her freedom? From renowned children's book author Eric A. Kimmel comes this delightful reimagining of the classic Rumplestiltskin with a Southwestern setting and Spanish vocabulary.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New Book: Princess Between Worlds: A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess by E. D. Baker

Princess Between Worlds: A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess by E. D. Baker was released in April. This is part of Baker's Wide-Awake Princess series which uses fairy tales and fairy tale tropes like so many of Baker's books do.

Book description:

The magic continues in the fifth tale of the Wide-Awake Princess!

Just as Annie and Liam are busy making plans to travel the world, a witch shows up and gives them a collection of postcards from the Magic Marketplace. Each postcard gives Annie and Liam the opportunity to travel to exotic lands and far-flung kingdoms. What the witch doesn't give them are directions on how to safely return.

With fan-favorite characters making special appearances from E. D. Baker's beloved Tales of the Frog Princess series, this addition to the Wide-Awake Princess series is not to be missed!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

New Book: The Shadow Cadets of Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson

The Shadow Cadets of Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson is released today. It is the sequel to Pennyroyal Academy which was released in 2014. Fairy tale tropes are in use here but aren't specified in the book description for the original book or this sequel.

Book description:

Perfect for fans of The School for Good and Evil comes the eagerly anticipated follow-up to M. A. Larson's Pennyroyal Academy, hailed by the New York Times as a "breathtakingly exciting novel" with a heroine who "deserves a special place in a new pantheon of capable, feisty and, yes, admirable literary princesses."

A triumphant victory over the witches has proven that Princess Cadet Evie really does belong at Pennyroyal Academy. News of her heroism has traveled far and wide—inspiring a kingdom of grateful citizens and, when the new term starts, a wave of fresh Academy recruits.

While it’s good to be returning to the Academy as a second-class Cadet, things are not as they should be. Evie witnesses the vicious attack of an innocent woman—by a trio of princesses. Pennyroyal’s Headmistress General, Princess Beatrice, is dubious about what Evie saw—princesses are enforcers of truth and justice, not thugs. But Evie isn’t so sure. Then, amidst piles of fan mail, she finds a letter with an ominous threat. A secret society has come out of the shadows with a wicked plan, putting the Academy in peril. It’s up to Evie and her friends to unravel the devious plot and save Pennyroyal Academy.

This sequel to the beloved, critically acclaimed Pennyroyal Academy promises middle-grade readers a tale full of adventure and suspense.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Bargain Ebook: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer is currently $2.99, dropped from its usual $6.99. It's the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

Book description:

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner. An NPR Best Book of 2013

Bargain Ebook: Letters to Zell by Camille Griep TODAY ONLY for $1.99

Letters to Zell by Camille Griep is on sale TODAY ONLY for $1.99 in ebook format.
Book description:

Everything is going according to story for CeCi (Cinderella), Bianca (Snow White), and Rory (Sleeping Beauty)—until the day that Zell (Rapunzel) decides to leave Grimmland and pursue her life. Now, Zell’s best friends are left to wonder whether their own passions are worth risking their predetermined “happily ever afters,” regardless of the consequences. CeCi wonders whether she should become a professional chef, sharp-tongued and quick-witted Bianca wants to escape an engagement to her platonic friend, and Rory will do anything to make her boorish husband love her. But as Bianca’s wedding approaches, can they escape their fates—and is there enough wine in all of the Realm to help them?

In this hilarious modern interpretation of the fairy-tale stories we all know and love, Letters to Zell explores what happens when women abandon the stories they didn’t write for themselves and go completely off script to follow their dreams.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Bargain Ebook: The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson for $.99 TODAY ONLY

The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson is on sale for the first time for $.99 today only. This will most likely be its lowest price ever since her books go on sale regularly but usually for $1.99-$3.99. So if you are interested in a Rapunzel novel, this is your chance. Released last November, I didn't own it yet and now I do!

Book description:

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.

The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel in turn rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to this knight than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?

As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery is about to be revealed after seventeen years of lies. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?

“The Golden Braid is a delightful, page-turning retelling of the story of Rapunzel. Dickerson brings this familiar fairy tale to life with a fresh and unique plot that is full of complex characters, a sweet romance, and danger at every turn. Rapunzel’s search to understand her place in the medieval world is a timeless identity struggle that modern readers will relate to. Her growing courage and faith are inspirational and will have readers cheering her on and sad to see the story come to an end.”

Monday, June 6, 2016

New Book: The Rebirth of Rapunzel: A Mythic Biography of the Maiden in the Tower by Kate Forsyth

The Rebirth of Rapunzel: A Mythic Biography of the Maiden in the Tower by Kate Forsyth was released earlier this spring. I haven't had a chance to explore this yet but I do know it is Forsyth's thesis for her Doctorate of Creative arts on the fairy tale. She has focused much of her studies on the Rapunzel tale and also written a novel, Bitter Greens, inspired by the tale.

So if Rapunzel if your catnip, this is a must read book for you!

Book description:

Exploring the Rapunzel fairy tale throughout history. Includes research-based exegesis, original translations, poems and articles related to the work.